Cannonvale driver credits his win to burn victim
CANNONVALE driver Nick Lange has dedicated his round 5 win of the Class C Australian Production Touring Car Series to his former co-driver Brock Giblin.
Lange and Sydney-based co-driver Colin Osborne claimed the weekend’s event at Wakefield, accumulating 96-points over the two 200km races.
Lange, who races with Osborne Motorsport, said the emotional victory was made all the more special seeing Giblin on the sideline.
In July competing at the Sydney Motorsport Park, Giblin’s car rolled and burst into flames, leaving him with burns to 65 per cent of his body
The 17-year-old was only released from hospital last Friday, just in time to see Lange roar to victory.
“It was good to see him on the weekend, he was in good spirits,” Lange said.
“I dedicated that win to him, for him to be there and see us win was very emotional.”
The win’s magnitude was further amplified after the first race on Saturday, which saw Lange and Osborne behind the eight ball.
“During the Saturday race our left-hand front tyre let go. Unfortunately coming into the pits, the safety car was de- ployed due to debris on the track, so we were stuck behind that,” he said.
The duo managed to finish third, but stuck to their guns on Sunday by implementing the same tactic that cost them earlier.
“We did the same pit strategy and everything went to plan,” he said.
“We managed to win with the pace we had, it was just unfortunate on Saturday with how everything unfolded.”
Lange finished the Australian Manufacturers Championship fourth overall with 324-points. Lange will feature on SBS’s ‘Speedweek’ on Sunday from 2pm.
EMOTIONAL VICTORY: Cannonvale production car driver Nick Lange credited the weekend's win to burn victim and former co-driver Brock Giblin.